Dear Parishioners and friends of St. Joseph,
Do I give back to God each week at least what I spend on entertainment for myself, such as movies, hobbies and going out for dinner? I think this is something we Catholic's should seriously reflect on. On average most folks tip 15-20 percent on a restaurant tab. Doesn't God and His Church deserve our support more than a tip? With this thought in mind is 5% of our earnings really too much to give back to God? 5% basically equals to 2 hours out of a 40-hour weekly wage. Heck, even on a daily basis we are constantly paying 9.5% on sales tax of which most goes towards the State coffers.
I honestly believe 5% of our personal weekly wage is a reasonable weekly "sacrifice" when it comes to offering God our gratitude, supporting and maintaining our house of worship ("God's House") and in helping us better serve our parishioners and those seeking God’s help through our church.
Before I entered the seminary in 2003, as a parishioner I used to financially support my parish church, St. Clement in Hayward with an average of $50.00 per week. And now as a priest, I earn less money than before but I presently support St. Joseph the Worker with $50.00 per week from my own monthly priest wage. Won't you please join me?
Our weekly goal in order to properly operate and to continue improving our parish is $8,875 per week. Your support is very important and necessary for us to continue moving forward.
"When you give, give generously and not with a stingy heart; for that, the LORD, your God, will bless you in all your works and undertakings." - Deuteronomy 15:10
Last Sunday on October 16th, we received approximately 31.5% of our weekly goal:
Your spiritual and financial support makes a huge difference. Thank you.
Fr. Kenneth Nobrega
Choirs and Sacred Music is an extremely important component of Sacred Liturgy, and so it is with this, I am very pleased to announce that we are blessed to have a new organist and music consultant at St. Joseph the Worker. Sam Dorlaque comes to us with an impressive background and is highly regarded within the Catholic sacred music community.
If you are interested in joining a choir at St. Joseph the Worker church, please contact Sam Dorlaque at (510) 709 – 9036 or by email at email@example.com.
I am pleased to announce that Gloria Maldonado, our new office secretary is ready to welcome and assist our parishioners and visitors. Gloria is perfectly bilingual both in English and Spanish. Among her accomplishments, Gloria works with the Diocese of Oakland's important "Rachel's Vineyard" ministry which cares for women and men with post-abortion healing. St. Joseph the Worker Parish Office Hours are from Tuesday thru Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm (closed noon to 1:00pm for lunch) and Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm..
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: "If you knew the gift of God!"
You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified. You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.